Formula – when and how?

Considering using infant formula?

If you are considering giving your baby formula, there are a number of things you should know in order to make an informed decision.

There are certainly times when it is necessary to give a baby formula, but there are also many occasions when parents turn to formula as a result of misconceptions or a lack of accurate information, or do so unaware of risks associated with formula.

There is a wealth of information on the KellyMom website in the article titled ‘What should I know about infant formula?‘.

KellyMom has included a comprehensive list of links about various aspects of infant formula saying, “Many knowledgable authors have put together information on this subject, and I really don’t think I can say it better than they can.


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Safe preparation, storage and handling of infant formula

When using infant formula it is vital that the formula is made up strictly according to the instructions given by the manufacturers with regard to the ratio of formula powder to water.

Sterilising and that the formula is prepared, stored and handled correctly is essential to protect your baby from harmful bacteria. Infant formula is not a sterile product and bacteria flourishes in the milky environment of a prepared formula feed, so particular care is required.

Guidelines on the safe preparation, storage and handling of infant formula:

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